ATSC 3.0 Next Gen Over-the-Air (OTA) Broadcast Coming Soon

ATSC 3.0

OTA antenna users get ready for free 4K TV broadcast once the ATSC 3.0 standard hits the airwaves

The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) recently announced that the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has adopted ATSC 3.0 as a recommended digital broadcast standard. This means in the very near future that over the air television broadcast programming will be available using the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard also known as Next Gen.

Here in the U.S., several TV stations have already started test broadcast, and stations in the 40 largest TV markets in the U.S. have committed to broadcasting Next Gen TV by the end of 2020. So expect to see TV manufacturers begin making announcements for the release of ATSC 3.0 tuners in their upcoming 2020 models. And speaking of ATSC/Next Gen TV tuners, Samsung Electronics recently announced that it’s upcoming 2020 QLED 8K television lineup will offer ATSC 3.0 tuners which will provide consumers with higher image resolution, more realistic audio and interactive experiences, designed to usher a new era of over-the-air transmission TV broadcasting.

ATSC 3.0 will eventually replace the ATSC 1.0 which is the current broadcast standard that allows viewers to receive OTA broadcast. Once ATSC 3.0 is up and running, ATSC 1.0 will still be available for another five years, whereafter it will be phased out.

Next Gen TV

Next Gen TV will have the capability to broadcast high-quality Ultra HD 4K video, HDR and wide color gamut, high frame rates up to 120Hz, as well as having better indoor reception. Additionally, the Next Gen standard will allow for multi-channel object-based audio and dialogue enhancement features that will give users a more immersive sound experience in addition to supporting traditional surround sound formats – all of these new features will be free – you’ll just need an antenna and a TV or separate tuner that can decode the ATSC 3.0/Next Gen OTA signal.

As a side note: one potential downside of the new ATSC 3.0 standard will let broadcasters track your viewing habits, this information can be used for targeted advertising, just like companies such as Facebook and Google use today.

Stay tuned and check back regularly for more info. In the meantime, check out the informative video below for more info on the ATSC 3.0/Next Generation broadcast standard…

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